I-Connect007 Editor’s Choice: Five Must-Reads for the Week

August 19, 2022 | Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007

Can it be Friday already? Seems like I’ve just barely put away my Tuesday dishes. Some weeks, I wonder where my days went as they fly by so fast I hardly even realize it. As I looked back through the news for the week, it was clear why everything went so fast: There was a lot going on. The news this week had a nice feel to it. It seems like the industry is starting to gain some traction again with shows, mergers and acquisitions, and companies getting to do those “extras” that they wanted to do before the pandemic reared its ugly head. It had a little of that “back to normal” feel, even if we aren’t quite there yet. What do you think? Are we normal yet?

Time for a Price Hike?

August 18, 2022 | I-Connect007 Editorial Team

If you manage a fabrication facility, we don’t envy you. You’re being hit on all sides with price increases, you’re traditionally leery of raising your own prices, but you must do something. Do you raise prices, trying to squeeze out more efficiency, or is it some combination of both? We asked Prototron President Dave Ryder and I-Connect007 columnist Dan Beaulieu to share their thoughts on the current fab pricing environment, the need for greater cooperation, and some pricing strategies for fabricators who are nervously eyeing their bottom line.



It’s Only Common Sense: Use Your Company’s True Brain Trust

August 15, 2022 | Dan Beaulieu, DB Management

In any company, the front office does not have a monopoly on brains and ideas, but for some reason we think that once someone crosses the line into the front office, they are the only ones who can think. Too many times, we want people...

Trouble in Your Tank: Electrodeposition of Copper, Part 2

August 15, 2022 | Michael Carano, Averatek

If one thought that electroless copper and other metallization systems were complex and the deep dark secrets of these systems shrouded in black magic, the discussions on electroplating will seem like brain surgery. In this next...

Connect the Dots: Caution—Yield Ahead

August 11, 2022 | Matt Stevenson, Sunstone Circuits

Manufacturing yield is a key measure of quality in PCB manufacturing. Measured as a percentage of good parts relative to the total produced, achieving 100% yield rates is extremely challenging for anything but the simplest PCB...

Fein-Lines: Live in Person—PCEA/Orange County Meets Up Again

August 11, 2022 | Dan Feinberg, FeinLine Associates, Inc.

If the United States is ever going to regain some of its historically large PCB fab market share, design and fabrication knowhow must play a significant role. “Fabricators are an important part of the design with manufacturing...

Board Pricing Strategies Featuring:

  • Tune Up Your Pricing Strategies, by Andy Shaughnessy
  • Time for a Price Hike? with Dave Ryder and Dan Beaulieu
  • Board Pricing Challenges and Opportunities with James Hofer
  • Price Increases Are Here to Stay with Alun Morgan
  • Pricing Strategies with Michael Carano
  • FCT: Powerful Growth in the Flex Segment with Carey Burkett
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